Friday, August 25, 2017

Coffee Helps

Happy Friday, Friends!!
My card today is for the Free For All Splitcoaststmpers Challenge, F4A392, National Day of Blank; you fill in the blank. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love coffee, so of course for me, It's National Day of Coffee. I am also making this as my template for my card swap with my scrappy girlfriends. I hope they like it!
Stamp: Coffee Cafe
Ink: Garden Green (SU)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, DSP- Coffee Break (SU); Solar White (Neenah) 
Accessories: Coffee Cups Framelits (SU), Polka Dot EF (Quickutz),  Chocolate Chip 15/16" satin ribbon (retired SU), white cotton twine (retired SU).

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Birthday Color Challenge- CC649

Her' my take on the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge (CC649) to use Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist. I just love this Lemon Lime Twist- so trendy! I hope you like it!
Stamps: Amazing Birthday (SU retired)
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay (SU)
Paper: Basic Gray, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay (SU); Solar White (Neenah); DSP- Fresh Florals (SU); A Walk in the Park (retired SU)
Accessories: Lemon Lime Twist 1/2 Finely Woven Ribbon (SU), Banners Framelits (SU); 1-1/4 & 1-3/8 circle punches.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Figgy Flourish

Hello Friends!
My card today was made for two SCS challenges. First, yesterday's color challenge, SCS CC648, to use Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Fresh Fig and Vanilla. I subbed white for vanilla.
The second was today's sketch challenge, SC658.

It took me a while to get a combination of the sketch and the colors that was pleasing to my eye. I cut the flourish in all three colors, tried the negative, had two different card base colors & multiple color combos of layer 2 and 3.  I just kept trying different arrangements until I came up with this. I have been CASEing most of my cards from Pinterest & so my own design mojo has taken a long holiday. I really enjoyed the process & why I wanted to get back to the challenges. I didn't get even a little frustrated but rather I just enjoyed the organic nature of creating something on my own. My own kind of challenge to resist frustration, if you know what I mean!

Thanks for stopping & have a great day!

Stamps: Happy Birthday (SU)
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Fresh Fig, DSP- Floral Flourishes (SU), Solar White #110 (Neenah)
Paper size: A2
Ink: Fresh Fig  (SU)
Accessories: Flourish thinlits (SU), patterned paper cutter blade 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Prima Pansies

Happy Monday Friends!
I created this card for two Splitcoaststampers (SCS) challenges. The first challenge was last week's sketch challenge (SC657) shown below.


The second challenge is today's Technique Lovers Challenge (TLC651) to emboss ribbon. This technique was a new SCS tutorial found here  & I thought I'd give it a whirl. Here is a close-up of the ribbon. Very subtle, but I like it!
Thanks for stopping! Have a great day!!
Stamps: None; Image from Prima Printables
Paper: Crumb Cake (SU), Euphoria DP (Basic Grey)
Ink: Copics for coloring 
Accessories: Ribbon-Satin Vanilla (SU); EF-Petal Burst (SU)
Techniques: Embossing Ribbon

Sunday, July 16, 2017

FS545 Floral Anniversary

Happy Sunday, friends!
I'm sharing my card for the Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper Challenge #545 (SCS FS545). Julie, our hostess this week, chose Cindy, the "Weekend Warrior". Cindy has an awesome gallery & I had a difficult time choosing just one card, but I need several anniversary cards so I chose this card to case. I used my relatively new stamp set from Simon Says Stamp from the June kit of the month. I absolutely adored these SSS kits- great stamp set, papers, & this June kit had a new oxide ink.
I chose to use retired Lovely Lilac SU paper as this card will be for my SIL whose favorite color is lavender/purple. I colored with numerous copic markers. Used my Lovely Lilac marker & spritzer tool to splash the background with a little color.

Floral Bliss (SSS); Express Yourself (SU)
Lovely Lilac (SU Retired); Watercolor paper
Paper Size
Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Spritzer Tool

Thanks for stopping!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Masculine Birthday- SC652 & F4A384

Hi there! I hope my American friends enjoyed their 4th of July holiday. We celebrated with family on Saturday with BBQ- a true American 7/4 tradition. So yesterday was low key for us.

I made this card earlier today~ it took me forever! I'm not used to making original designs since the advent of Pinterest. For the past few years, I had been copying other designers because I was always in such a rush. Well, now that I've retired (woo-hoo!), I have time to make originals again and participate in the card challenges which I thoroughly enjoy.

This card is for my Brother-in-law's birthday. I used the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge (SC652) and the Free for All challenge (F4A384) to use a background stamp. I really like this retired DSP which has that wonderful retired color, River Rock. Great colors & paper for guy cards, don't you think?

My supplies are listed below:

Guy Greetings, Weathered (SU); HB sentiment: (Stamping Sensations)
Cajun Craze, River Rock (retired); DSP:Well Worn (retired)- all SU
Paper Size
Cajun Craze (SU)
Duet Banner punch (SU), chestnut mini glitter brads (Amer.Crafts)

Thanks so much for stopping!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CTS #226- Masculine Card

Here3's my take on the Case this Sketch Challenge #226. I made this card for my FIL (father in law) who served in the Navy way back in the day as he will be 91years old in July.

All the products I used are retired from SU except the cardstock. I must say how happy I am that I have some of these classic masculine stamp sets. I really need more guy cards and my sister has "commissioned" masculine cards so I will make a few using this design with a birthday sentiment.  

As some of you know I recently retired & I am trying to get the hang of it. My routine for challenges and card making is still evolving. I have been spending most of my mornings with a new exercise routine, which I love, and so now need to figure how to add the crafty thing to my routine.

Thanks for stopping by; have a great day!

The Open Sea, All Year Cheer II (retired SU)
Real Red, Basic Gray, (SU) Nautical Expedition (retired SU), Solar White (Neenah)
Paper Size:
Basic Gray (SU)
Circle punch

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Challenge Fun- FS527

Hello Friends!
Long time no post... my friend, Denise inspired me to pull out my blog and post. So, here you have it.
I thought it would be fun to play a Splitcoast Stampers challenge too. I chose the Featured Stamper Challenge 527 (FS527) where Linda (SCS name bubblestx4) was the featured artist. I chose Linda's "Wth Wild Abandon" card seen below & the details are here.
I loved Linda's card however, I'm not crazy about my card, but it is close to what I had in mind. I purchased these inexpensive but lovely textured, pre-made cream colored cards with a silver 'Thank you' sentiment.
My idea was to "up-cycle" the cards for my daughter who is getting married in May. They will need lots of thank you cards. But I'm going to have to keep experimenting until I get it just right- maybe embossing flowers with a wash? Regardless, I sure had fun playing- it's been way too long since I created a true original, albeit using Linda's card as inspiration. Pinterest has such great ideas, I just end up copying a wonderful creation from another stamper.
 Anyway...Have a great week!